January 5 – Amidst Fear

He is not afraid of bad news;
     his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
     until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.”

Psalm 112:7-8 (ESV)

We all have our fears. For some, it may be the fear of illness, fear of failure, or maybe fear our dearest relationships may fail. Perhaps we fear speaking in public, or fear the opinions of others. Most likely, the choices we’ve made in life, have even been based on our fears (whether they come to be or not). Naturally, we avoid our discomforts, we try to create a controlled environment that keeps our emotions/feelings out of the fear zone. Coming out of a year that has created more anxieties and fears than others, we find ourselves wondering what the future will hold.

I don’t want to be defined by my fears, nor do I want my life defined by them. As our thoughts develop into our actions, I’d hate to look back on life with a dishonest internal struggle. I encourage you to acknowledge what is making you fearful!

I’d also like to encourage you, that no feeling is final, and fear has no hold on us. Within our hearts is the strength, power and courage to live in grace, move in grace and live in grace. Be lifted up knowing that our fears have no hold on us, our hearts are whole.

Once I was broken
But You loved my whole heart through
Sin has no hold on me
‘Cause Your grace holds me now”

Whole Heart (Hillsong United)

Elections will come and go, viruses will pass, much of our worries will become distant memories. God’s joy will allow us the courage to be light even amidst the darkness. Even when we are engulfed with fear.

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles;
They shall run and not be weary;
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
― Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

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